Around the Valley: Marlboro, Plattekill, Highland

Posted 1/25/24

Explore the Marlboro Library’s local history collection

Let the Marlboro Library help with your New Year resolution to research your family history and town roots! The Library has past and …

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Around the Valley: Marlboro, Plattekill, Highland


Explore the Marlboro Library’s local history collection

Let the Marlboro Library help with your New Year resolution to research your family history and town roots! The Library has past and present yearbooks, maps and directories, thousands of historical photographs, postcards, church records, cemetery & bible records, obituaries, historical newspapers and much more.
The Library welcomes donations of local history items to add to the collection.

Donations received this year include a shadow box featuring Valley View Farm artifacts, curated by H. Velie and donated by his family; a series of drawings of the construction of the original Marlboro Bank, by Neil Eckerson, donated by Dennis McCourt; and an original Mark Miller (former owner of Benmarl Winery) landscape lithograph of the winery, donated by his son, Eric Miller. The Library is grateful to all who have made contributions to the collection this past year, enriching the community and shared history.

Whether you had family who lived in Marlborough or not, you can begin your family tree research at the Library by accessing in the Library, attending a Getting Started with Genealogy presentation, or by making a one-on-one genealogy appointment with staff member, Ashley. Tips for getting started in family tree research include placing old documents and newspaper articles in archival sleeve protectors, organizing family photos in photo albums, and by documenting family histories and family trees into legible, accessible formats for future generations.

For local history appointments and inquiries, please contact Emily at 845-236-7272, or via email at Visit to view a collection brochure, a local history blog, or to learn about the Library’s local history walking tour app, Discover Marlboro. Happy New Year from the Marlboro Library’s Local History Department!

Plattekill Public Library presents Bilingual Storytime & Yoga Event

Plattekill Public Library invites the community to a special Bilingual Storytime & Yoga event on Saturday, January 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This engaging and educational session will be led by certified family yoga instructor Saira Ayala.

Children of all ages are welcome to join this unique experience designed to foster language-learning skills through a blend of storytelling, music, and yoga. Saira Ayala, with her expertise in family yoga instruction, will guide participants through a fun and interactive session that combines the joy of stories with the benefits of yoga.
Registration is available through the library’s online calendar at

The library is located at 2047 State Route 32, Modena.

Highland Public Library to host Advocacy Day

The Highland Public Library is excited to share details about upcoming events in the month of February, along with a call to action for Library Advocacy Day on February 7.

Library Advocacy Day serves as a vital opportunity for community members to voice the significance of libraries in our society. Whether attending in person or participating remotely, it is crucial to make your voice heard. Libraries play a pivotal role in providing valuable resources, including educational opportunities, access to information, and research materials.
Full funding for libraries is essential to ensure they can continue offering these services. Without adequate funding, libraries may face challenges such as reduced hours, staffing cuts, or limited offerings, which would adversely impact the community. Investing in libraries is an investment in the future of our communities, empowering individuals with knowledge and resources to succeed. For more information on Library Advocacy Day and templates for letters to representatives, including Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson and Senator Michelle Hinchey, please visit the NYLA website.

The Highland Public Library is located at 14 Elting Place, Highland.